Who are we?
- Carol Kay – Chair of the Governing Body
I have been a governor now at Burntstump Seely Primary for over for three years, and chair of governors for almost 2 years. I am a foundation governor which means that I was appointed by St Paul’s Church to be on the school governing body. As well as leading the local governing board I have responsibility for monitoring school improvement, for making sure that safeguarding policies and practices are in place, for checking how the fund for disadvantaged children is spent and helping with the appraisal of our headteacher.
I have worked in primary schools for over 35 years, first as a class teacher and then later in my career as an assistant headteacher, and finally as an acting headteacher.
Although now retired from teaching I am still passionate about education and enjoy coming into school to meet and talk to the staff and children, watch concerts and plays as well as to attend meetings.
- Sue Ellis – Foundation Governor and Vice-Chair
I have been a foundation governor at Burntstump Seely since November 2016. I am a retired hospital pharmacist and parent of four adult sons. I am interested in education and am keen to be involved in enabling children to achieve their potential. Being on the governing body of this friendly caring school is a privilege as it becomes embedded into the Southwell and Nottingham Multi-academy Trust . I am particularly interested in promoting the distinctive nature of a church school. From my professional life I have transferable experience of staff appraisal, staff recruitment, inspection frameworks and risk management. I endeavour to offer my full support to the Head teacher and all staff as the school strives to achieve “Good” Ofsted status.
- Dawn Sladen - Parent Governor
I was elected as Parent Governor in December 2019 and have two boys at School who joined during the Spring. In hindsight I wish they had started as young children, as this School offers unlimited opportunities to all its children along with some fantastic facilities and all located within the countryside. The School is a hidden gem and we are exceptionally lucky to be part of the ‘Burntstump Seely Family’.
I decided to apply for the role as I wanted to give something back to this lovely countryside School and to the dedicated staff who work tirelessly for the children. I am currently assigned link-governor responsibility for H&S and GDPR.
The role of a School Governor is both challenging but rewarding and I find the School Governing Board is balanced by an eclectic mix of both professional and personal backgrounds and experience, which allow for the diverse community the School serves. I hope that by bringing my mix of non-school experience to the role, it will allow for debate, discussion and growth within the Governing Body to promote this fabulous school within Nottinghamshire, where more children can experience the level of welcome, inclusivity and equity as my boys do every single day.
- Brendan Gaynor - Foundation Governor
Hello, my name is Brendan Gaynor, and I am a foundation governor for Burntstump Seely CofE Academy. I have two boys who currently attend the school, and my eldest daughter is progressing through further education. I have a background in both the private and public sector and have extensive voluntary work experience.
I was inspired to become a school governor as it became clear to me during the first pandemic lockdown just how critically important our schools and our teaching and support staff are to our children and to our wider community. I believe very strongly in the school's Christian foundation and recognise how important these principles are to all our children in their lives, whilst celebrating the learning and mutual respect that comes from our wonderfully diverse school community. As a foundation governor I want to ensure that our school continues to build on the great work it has done in recognising and respecting all beliefs and maintain the vibrancy, context, and "world view" that this provides all our children. Everyone is welcome at our school - we are better and stronger for this - and I will work to ensure that this warm and positive environment continues. I believe that Burntstump Seely is a very special place, in a beautiful setting, and has a wonderful future. I commit to working for the benefit of all our children, and I hope to play my part in ensuring its continued success.
Minutes from Governor Meetings: